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Pope Francis

Pope Francis will travel to Cuba later this month to meet Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, the first such encounter of its kind in history.


The pope will arrive in Havana on 12 February and be greeted by Cuba’s president, Raul Castro, before holding a private meeting with Kirill. It will be the first time a pope has met a Russian patriarch and shows a significant warming of relations between the two churches since they split almost 1,000 years ago.


Coming after two years of diplomatic talks, the event is of “extraordinary importance”, Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s chief spokesman, said.


This event takes on even more significance when considering that many Protestant church leaders are planning to visit the Vatican in 2017. They intend to sign a statement of unity of faith and purpose during the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the reformation by Martin Luther. They plan to demonstrate that the protest between Protestants and Catholics is now over.


The Bible prophesies that there will be a one-world religion during the reign of the Antichrist just before the second coming. It appears that the seeds for this one-world religion are being sown at this present time.

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